Watch the 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Tackle the Ike Gauntlet Towing Challenge

2016 toyota tundra trd pro towing ike gauntlet

The 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro is an off-road focused pickup truck. However, it is rated at 9,800 lbs of maximum towing, so you do not have to give up towing capacity for improved off-road capability. The big 5.7-liter V8 under the hood carries over from the previous model year. The engine makes 381 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm. The 6-speed automatic transmission and the 4.30 rear axle gear ratio are here as well.

The Tundra towing package gained an integrated trailer brake controller for the 2015 model year, and this is our first chance to try the brake controller on the extreme Ike Gauntlet test.

How did the Tundra TRD Pro do?  Check out the comparison data table below and watch the video here.

 Ike Gauntlet

2016 Toyota Tundra
Model 4×4
 As Tested $ $47,118
Engine 5.7-liter V8
Transmission 6-speed
Power (hp / lb-ft) 381 / 401
Tow Rating 9,800 lbs (4.30 axle)
Payload Rating 1,555 lbs
Test Load (trailer + ppl) 9,500 lbs
Suspension Sag 2 in
Up: Time 8:18
Up: MPG 2.9
Up: Transmission Temp normal
Final Ike Score 60
Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011.